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    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Polonsky View Post

    There will be a bit more actual fringe overlap with Zumix, but Zumix is already so weak where that will occur that I doubt many people are listening to Zumix over the air in that area.

    I fear that we are starting to shoehorn in stations and this will eventually hurt FM listening.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Wimmmex View Post
    I fear that we are starting to shoehorn in stations and this will eventually hurt FM listening.
    It sure seems that way. Small areas where one signal is strong enough to be listenable, surrounded by vast areas of mush. It's especially bad for car radios where there is no chance to position the antenna to pick out just one signal.

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    It almost seems the only thing that works against Pirates is translators. These gaps get filled today either illegally or legally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by channel99 View Post
    It sure seems that way. Small areas where one signal is strong enough to be listenable, surrounded by vast areas of mush.
    Translators and LPFM's are intended to only cover small primary areas (even if Costa-Eagle calls their Oldies one "Big 105.3").

    The "mush" in between and outside those small primary areas where their weaker signals may overlap is a byproduct.

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    A lifeline to signal challenged AMs and people resisting the AM dial.Some FM translators can cover a little bit but not as much as a full fledged AM or FM (full power).

    And of course it's the FM that gets the promo push (but not at WJIB)

    Big 105.3 Medford (//Methuen)

    Valley 98.9 Salem NH

    Vermont's Beat 105.7 Barre VT

    Though sometimes the AM freq etc gets equal or better billing.

    WPOP Hartford the latest to boast of an FM translator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raccoonradio View Post
    A lifeline to signal challenged AMs and people resisting the AM dial.Some FM translators can cover a little bit but not as much as a full fledged AM or FM (full power).

    And of course it's the FM that gets the promo push (but not at WJIB)
    I think WMRC in Milfords translator is referred to as "my FM"...no mention of the AM at all.

    And with "Valley 98.9" in Salem NH...all of the service to the community that was on the AM is now gone too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Polonsky View Post
    Translators and LPFM's are intended to only cover small primary areas (even if Costa-Eagle calls their Oldies one "Big 105.3").

    The "mush" in between and outside those small primary areas where their weaker signals may overlap is a byproduct.
    The mush problem is biggest on car radios, which have non-directional antennas. Even when in the primary area, building and hills block the signal enough in places that another translator will sporadically take over the channel.

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    Not that the FCC gives a rat's rear end, but this is what happens when you have the AM band dying the death of a dog, and the eternal refusal by the Hacks and Idiots In Charge to allocate 76 - 88 Mhz. for the relocation of AM outlets, a solution for NPR stations with problem signals, and, finally, allow for the expansion of Community Radio.

    Only problem this....this made too much sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Channel 83 View Post
    Not that the FCC gives a rat's rear end, but this is what happens when you have the AM band dying the death of a dog, and the eternal refusal by the Hacks and Idiots In Charge to allocate 76 - 88 Mhz. for the relocation of AM outlets, a solution for NPR stations with problem signals, and, finally, allow for the expansion of Community Radio.

    Only problem this....this made too much sense.
    No, it makes no sense at all.

    The lower VHF band was only "just now" removed from use by TV. That happened way to late for a new band to be opened up, as Americans have almost totally quit buying new radios. They are, instead, buying smart devices.

    And as far as cars, the average age of a care in the US is 11 years... so it would take a decade to get the new band in just half of all cars.
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    Dead horse, gallop! No, there's not going to be a re-allocation of 76-88 to FM broadcasting. Even if there was, you'd be 20 years too late. People aren't buying radios now, and they certainly aren't going to buy new ones for a few local stations.

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